DOJ watchdog ‘not sure’ if evidence gleaned from Carter Page FISA surveillance was useful

The Justice Department watchdog refused to agree with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s assertion that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants obtained against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had gleaned any useful information for investigators.

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to testify about his report regarding the Trump-Russia investigation.

Noting the FISA warrant against Page was renewed three different times from October 2016 to June 2017, Blumenthal said this indicated the FBI was gaining helpful investigative evidence through the surveillance and asked Horowitz if he thought that was correct.

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